Once known for its gang activity (see Allison Anders’ La Vida Loca for a reminder), Echo Park is now a thriving, ethnically diverse, and—gasp—hipster neighborhood known more for its creative residents and hot restaurant scene. Within Echo Park you’ll find more than 50 Victorian homes in picturesque Angelino Heights, Craftsman-style bungalows, Streamline Moderne, and more than two dozen public stairways that allow you to traverse the hillside. Recently restored Echo Park Lake offers charming pedal boats, canoe rides, gondolas, home-made pastries and Intelligentsia coffee at Square One at the Boathouse (you’ll also see people practicing yoga, tai chi, and whatever else is trendy at the moment). Skewing younger and hipster, the eastside neighborhood is a hot spot thanks to the fried Brussels sprouts at Mohawk Bend, savory breakfast fare at Dinette, mini tacos at Guisados, and rocking shows at The Echo and Echoplex.
Led by owners Marc Rose and Med Abrous, the duo behind the Spare Room in Hollywood, Winsome takes over the ground floor of the Elysian building located along Sunset Boulevard. The 75-seat restaurant was designed by L.A.-based firm Wendy Haworth Design, which also designed Gracias Madre and Cafe Gratitude. On the menu, executive chef Jeremy... Keep reading →
Situated between Woodcat Coffee and Andante, the San Francisco specialty coffee brand recently opened another location right in the heart of Echo Park on Sunset. Designed by Wade Design Architects, the space features communal seating and two-tops, a new 360 degree barista island, and a retail wall. This location also expands on their food menu,... Keep reading →
After a two-year makeover, the Eastside’s historic Echo Park Lake has finally become a family-friendly destination worthy of its Downtown skyline backdrop amid the lotus flower bloom and the spray of the fountains. Make sure to fuel up at Square One (inside the revived boathouse) before doing some laps around the lake in your rental... Keep reading →